As reported by TechCrunch today, we are one of the 8 companies selected out of a pool of over 1200 to participate in Verizon Media Tech Venture Studio with R/GA. That's 10 times smaller acceptance rate than Harvard's! What a privilege. Verizon will be working with us to explore the esports space while helping us navigate the challenges of growing and scaling an organization.
"R/GA is one of the best branding and marketing and product and services development agencies in the world and we're definitely excited for this opportunity to work with them. Together with Verizon Media Tech Venture Studio, we look forward to their coaching and support as we continue on our mission to create the best experience in gaming for our family of fans," commented GankStars' Chief Operating Officer Jeff 'SuiJeneris' Chau, with a noticeable grin on his face.
This is a 3-month business development program, similar to a startup accelerator, though in some ways different. GankStars executive team will be spending the next 14 weeks in NYC, working closely with R/GA and Verizon. Verizon is #14 on the Fortune 500 list. You can find more information about the program here.
"I do not know where this road will lead us as far as our relationship with Verizon, but there's an obvious alignment here: both of our companies are focused on delivering the best possible experience on mobile and beyond," added our CEO Alex 'PwntByUkrainian' Novosad. "We have many fresh ideas and are grateful to have found partners who are capable of helping us execute."
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